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Climate resilience and adaptation to climate change

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Alcimed works daily on projects at the heart of climate resilience. We accompany our clients in their projects to adapt to climate change, predicting the impacts of environmental disruptions on markets, increasing the sustainability and resilience of their business, and adapting it to the challenges of the transition (offers, positioning, business model, technologies, etc.).

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the CHALLENGES RELATED TO CLIMATE RESILIENCE and adaptation to climate change

  • What is climate resilience?

As defined in the 6th IPCC report, the concept of climate resilience involves implementing measures to strengthen the capacity of individuals and systems for mitigating vulnerability to climate risks and hazards such as floods and droughts, as well as to adapt to such risks.

All social, economic, and industrial systems are impacted by the climate crisis and therefore need to take action to maintain their proper functioning, anticipate and minimize the impacts on their activities, seize opportunities that arise, and act for the environment in order to avoid worsening the situation or amplifying the resulting dangers.

  • What are the challenges related to climate resilience?

The climate crisis is provoking the emergence of new challenges for industries and governments, pushing them to rethink their operating systems and business models, and to develop specific roadmaps to cope with current and future climate hazards and their impacts.

As this crisis and its multiple consequences are expected to intensify in the coming years, it is becoming essential for any organization aiming to ensure its sustainability and take action for the environment to properly understand the multiple challenges that arise from it:

Many resources, such as water, are directly impacted by climate change, becoming less available and unequally distributed on a global scale. The overuse of fossil energy resources and the increasing demand for rare metals (especially in the development of renewable energies) are also examples of resources that have become strategic. Local communities and industries must optimize their use of these resources by finding solutions that are tailored to their needs and consistent with their activities and locations. Some notable actions include:

  • Developing more energy-efficient and resource-efficient factories that also minimize water usage
  • Adopting a circular economy approach to limit resource consumption, waste generation, and promote recycling and reuse
  • Implementing new eco-designed services and products that are more responsible and sustainable
What is the impact of my activity on global resources? How can I consume less and better optimize my use of natural resources?
New threats are emerging with climate change, including:

  • Health risks for the general population and workers, such as heat waves and the resurgence of certain vector-borne diseases carried by insects
  • The risk to contaminate resources and natural environments
  • Industrial vulnerability during heat waves, such as difficulties in cooling nuclear power plants, combustion of chemicals resulting in toxic fumes, etc.
  • Risks linked to material performance, such as deformation of rails due to heat, thermal degradation of plastics, etc.
Today, it is crucial to be able to anticipate these dangers in order to avoid them, or at least to be prepared for them.

What are the climate threats related to my activity? What actions can be implemented to mitigate these threats?
While climate resilience encompasses the notion of adapting to climate disruptions, it also includes the crucial aspect of mitigating its effects by addressing the root causes of climate change, namely by controlling net greenhouse gas emissions.

To this end, actors from all sectors must reduce their environmental impact to progress towards carbon neutrality. This involves measuring their CO2 emissions, defining a climate strategy, and actively managing the reduction of their emissions.

What low-carbon strategy can I implement to reduce my emissions? Which carbon capture and storage technologies should I consider?
The preservation and regeneration of biodiversity and natural resources is also a key challenge in mitigating the effects of climate change. Local communities and industries must assess the impact of their activities on biodiversity to protect ecosystems and their resources. Various practices can be adopted to move in this direction, such as using renewable energy sources, reducing waste and emissions, minimizing the use of harmful chemicals, and supporting conservation initiatives such as habitat restoration projects or programs to protect endangered species, among others.

What is the impact of my activity on biodiversity? What measures can I implement to have a positive impact on biodiversity?
The effects of climate change and associated risks bring market opportunities related to new needs that can be addressed with innovative solutions or new services. Being able to identify these opportunities is essential for refocusing or diversifying one’s offerings through new strategic positioning and business models that better address these emerging needs.

Whether it is the development of technologies and services to decarbonize our production systems, optimize resource utilization, enhance resilience to climate-related hazards, or restore biodiversity, there are numerous solutions yet to be developed to take action for the environment and adapt to it.

What are the market opportunities related to my industry? What solutions and services should be developed to meet the new needs?
In the context of the ecological transition of all organizations and of all public and private systems, ecosystems and value chains are being reinvented. It is therefore important to identify the new stakeholders (partners, suppliers, distributors, customers, etc.) in order to reassess value propositions and adapt business models to the new business challenges associated with these changes.

How is the ecosystem related to my activity impacted by the ecological transition? How can I adapt my value proposition and business model to address the new challenges?

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How do we support you in your climate resilience projects

Alcimed supports its clients in various energy and environmental challenges, particularly those related to climate resilience and adaptation to environmental changes. We regularly undertake missions with diverse stakeholders in these areas, including energy and environmental industry players (Suez, Veolia, EDF, Orano, RTE, etc.), cosmetics companies (L’Oréal, Chanel, etc.), aerospace and defense industry players (Safran, Airbus, Thales, Dassault Aviation, etc.), healthcare companies (Sanofi, Moderna, Pfizer, etc.), as well as national and European research institutions and centers (such as Carnot institutes or SATTs).

The diversity of our clients, the geographical areas we explore, and the types of projects we undertake provide us with a global and in-depth understanding of

climate-related issues and challenges. Our projects cover a wide range of topics, including the development of climate roadmaps, energy transition strategies, market opportunity assessments, studies of the most resilient solutions and strategies to climate hazards, launching innovations, identifying academic or industrial partners, and much more!

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The strategy and innovation department of one of our clients wanted to develop its innovation roadmap on the theme of climate change adaptation and climate resilience for the period between 2024 and 2027. Our teams supported them in this project by investigating four target markets to determine the extent to which these topics should be considered in their roadmap, taking into account potential applications, market opportunities, new business models that could be developed, necessary developments and investments, and the role our client could play in these markets. Following the strategic and prospective analysis of these four markets, a robust and credible climate adaptation and resilience roadmap was developed.
One of our clients in the aerospace sector aimed to increase the sustainability and resilience of its industrial system by considering all environmental dimensions of its activities (scope 1, 2, and 3) beyond their carbon impact. We assisted them in the development of environmentally sustainable factories that are more energy-efficient, water-efficient, and resource-efficient, without compromising on economic efficiency. To achieve this, our team identified the most advanced players in these areas to understand how they approach these challenges, how they prioritize improvement areas, what strategies they explore (such as low-tech solutions, water management, etc.), and how they have organized themselves internally to effectively address this strategic issue. We complemented this benchmarking exercise by identifying key academic actors in this field and proposed an action plan to our client based on the insights gained from this study.
A mobility actor initiated a project aimed at developing a new solution to better mitigate climate-related risks and improve the collection and utilization of rainwater. Our teams challenged and strengthened the initial assumptions made by our client's teams. We then identified and characterized existing solutions, while also evaluating the interest of potential target audiences. Our report allowed us to select the most promising market segments, which we further characterized by examining current practices, needs, weaknesses, and conducting tests to assess the value proposition of our client and the willingness of industry stakeholders to invest.
We worked on rethinking the clinical trials of a healthcare actor in order to limit their environmental impacts. To achieve this, our teams first estimated the six main environmental effects of clinical trials after identifying and modeling the standard stages of such trials, including drug and personnel transportation, accommodation, waste management, devices, and data. Next, we modeled traditional scenarios to quantitatively evaluate their respective environmental footprints and identify the key contributors. To do so, we developed an interactive tool that calculates these impacts based on various environmental endpoints such as carbon footprint, water impact, biodiversity, and more. Finally, based on this analysis, our teams were able to recommend the best ways for the client to optimize the transformation of clinical trials from an environmental perspective. We also provided a communication plan to facilitate the internal and external dissemination of these changes.
In the context of the transition to electric mobility, we supported an environmental actor specializing in the collection of automotive waste to help them anticipate the impact of this transition on their business. A comprehensive prospective analysis of the automotive market, the objectives of manufacturers, suppliers, garages, collection sites, and recycling facilities, as well as the current regulations, allowed us to estimate the evolution of the typology and volumes of waste that our client will have to manage by 2035. We also analyzed the value chains associated with battery production, identified potential recyclable products, and assessed the role of various stakeholders (such as gigafactories and new production units established by manufacturers). This analysis enabled us to help our client adjust their positioning in this emerging market.

Créée en 1993, Alcimed est une société de conseil en innovation et développement de nouveaux marchés spécialisée dans les secteurs innovants : sciences de la vie (santé, biotechnologie, agroalimentaire), énergie, environnement, mobilité, chimie, matériaux, cosmétiques, aéronautique, spatial et défense.

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